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it calls "non- lethal" assistance. and with panetta's departure from the pentagon today, plus clinton's last week and petraeus's resignation in 2012, general dempsey is the only known remaining advocate of arming the rebels still in a top advisory role. i'm joined who served in the obama administration state departments and is now dean of the school of advanced international studies at johns hopkins university. and andrew tabler, a senior fellow at the washington institute for near east policy. what were the main schools of thought. how did the camps break down in this argument inside the administration on what to do about syria, andrew? >> basically you have a discussion about syria about all the different options. and it really comes down to this. the white house was hedgingment they really did not want to get involved in syria. they have a firm policy to stay out of the middle east and would like to pull back. at the same time the agencies that deal with syria and the problem there, which is growing and mushrooming, the state department, cia and to a certain extent the department o
and 11 million dealing with two feet of snow. >>> the pentagon is facing massive budget cuts in the coming weeks and if congress fails to act, a series of cuts will be made to the u.s. military's defense capabilities. >> reporter: during a fall debate, president obama said the is quester, quote, will not happen. but now his white house was saying domestic programs will be cut 9% and military programs will be cut 13% this year. unless congress takes action. >> putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach and not indiscriminate cuts that can have a severe impact our military preparedness. >> reporter: for the balanced approach, republicans think they gave a lot of ground during fiscal cliff negotiations, a spokesman for speaker boehner said the president got the higher taxes on the wealthy last month with no corresponding cuts. the tax issue is resolved and spends is the problem still. meanwhile, military leader are sounding the alarm. >> instead of being a first- rate power in the world, we turn into a second-rate power. that would be the result of the sequ
in the state department or the pentagon are there. i think at some point the united states government and the white house have to make a decision that syria is an actual danger to america's national security interests. it is not something we can wash our hands from. and there are serious dangers and implications to the united states and the president actually to ask its national security team for realistic options that then he request gather his team and debate and decide about. there hasn't, i think, been a serious debate even with thunited stasgovernment as to what might be our three top options what are the costs and benefits of each. and if we were to pursue one of them, how would we do it. >> is there a legitimate argument that this destabilizes turkey to some degree, an important country to the united states, and a nato ally, andrew. >> absolutely. thousands of syrians go over the border into turkey every day. and it's very easy for pkk fighters, kurdish fighters to meld into those refugees, to go across the border and carry out terrorists attacks insidef tuey. no government in
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